6 rules to build happy habits
September 4th, 2012 | By: Susanna Halonen
Your life is influenced by the habits you’ve built and the effect they have on you. There are good habits and bad habits and even though you most often know which is which, the bad ones are incredibly hard to break. So how about building more happy habits to take over the not so good ones and enable you to be the happiest version of you that you can be?
I recently read a post on Lifehacker on “My Rules for Consistent Happiness” which highlighted 6 happy habits which will lead you to happiness. The bonus is that happiness in turn makes you more productive and leads you to peak performance.
6 rules for happy habits
- Wake up early. Waking up early and going to bed early creates a positive routine for your body and mind. It’s energising, refreshing and motivating to be up early before anyone else. It enables you to get the first of the daylight and have a focused morning session before the distractions of the day arrive.
- Exercise daily. Getting your body moving has tons and tons of benefits on top of the physical health ones; it wakes your body up, improves circulation to the brain, releases happiness chemicals, boosts your metabolism and improves your concentration. It also helps you sleep better which means you wake up energised for each new day.
- Disengage at the end of the day. Finish your day by doing something relaxing. Reward yourself for a day of hard work. “Disengage” breaks throughout your day will also help to keep you focused and motivated throughout your different tasks. Remember downtime is just as important because your body and mind need time to recover so they’re ready for a new set of challenges the next day.
- Regularly help others. Acts of kindness and helping others boosts your happiness & wellbeing as well as the wellbeing of whoever you’re helping. It’s also an opportunity for you to grow and develop by helping in areas which are new to you.
- Learn new skills. Life and happiness is about growing and developing. Don’t settle for where you’re at, look for new challenges and opportunities to progress.
- Have multiple ways to “win” each day. You can finish everyday on a victory high. So set different mini challenges each day to give yourself this opportunity. For example, jog for 3 minutes longer, cook a new dish or read one chapter from a book you’re reading.
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing. – William Yeats
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